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Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
4.22
really liked it
A superb read on the media and the propaganda machine within our so-called "democratic" or "free" society. Meticulously researched and cited this book ...more
not set
Feb 12, 2008
 
The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World
3.52
liked it
So this is the fourth book on Somali pirates that I have read and i have to say that this was one of the better ones. The author gets to interview 4 o ...more
May 2013
May 08, 2013
 
Fire the Cops!: Essays, Lectures, and Journalism
3.80
really liked it
Another wonderful book by Williams. He plays catch-up over the last several years since his Our Enemies In Blue came out and many of the readings are ...more
Aug 2015
Aug 14, 2015
 
Kosovo: War and Revenge
3.89
it was ok
So my partner and I were heading to Croatia to visit an old friend and I decided to try to get a better handle on my Balkan history. I read a few work ...more
Jun 2014
Aug 04, 2014
 
Our Enemies in Blue
4.30
it was amazing
IN-FUCKING-CREDIBLE! As I was writing a 50+ page report on the history of rochester's police accountability systems, I had the pleasure of finally get ...more
Jun 2015
Jul 27, 2015
 
AIDS Conspiracy Theories: Tracking the Real Genocide
3.86
really liked it
A well put-together zine. Good information deconstructing the conspiracy theories surrounding the AIDS epidemic. Specifically Gilbert critiques theori ...more
not set
Mar 05, 2008
 
Other Septembers, Many Americas: Selected Provocations, 1980#2004
3.95
really liked it
An anthology of Dorfman's work revolving around another September 11th--September 11th, 1973--the day that the socialist president of Chile, Salvador ...more
not set
Apr 18, 2008
 
Filtering the News: Essays on Herman and Chomsky's Propaganda Model
3.20
really liked it
As an independent journalist working with other media makers and journalists in the collective context of Rochester Indymedia, this book gave some awe ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 31, 2014
 
Lily Dale: The True Story of the Town that Talks to the Dead
3.47
it was ok
Lily Dale is definitely a place I want to visit--probably more for the pop culture and mythic reputation it has among western new yorkers than because ...more
Sep 2015
Oct 03, 2015
 
The Black Panther
3.97
liked it
This was a pretty interesting look at the Black Panther Party through the lens of its newspaper. What was true then, doesn't seem to have changed much ...more
Dec 2015
Dec 15, 2015
 
Monroe Country (1821-1971)
1.00
did not like it
In my pursuit to better understand the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s in Rochester, NY, I decided to read Monroe Country by Howard C. Hosmer. I came acros ...more
Sep 2016
Sep 25, 2016
 
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
4.04
it was amazing
This was an incredibly well edited and told story. Heartbreaking. I broke down a few times. I've read other accounts where journalists tell their stor ...more
Jan 2017
Feb 12, 2017
 
Snitch Culture: ...How Citizens Are Turned Into the Eyes and Ears of the State
3.60
it was ok
what a weird, long, at times boring, and ambiguous read. i could never quite get a handle on Redden's politics or perspective. One moment he's champio ...more
Dec 2012
Dec 26, 2012
 
The New Media Monopoly: A Completely Revised and Updated Edition With Seven New Chapters
3.89
liked it
This was one of those books that was suggested to me by a college professor regarding media consolidation and ownership. I probably should have taken ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 10, 2014
 
Denying AIDS: Conspiracy Theories, Pseudoscience, and Human Tragedy
4.21
it was amazing
what an incredible book. i wish i had read it back in 2005 when i helped put on a demonstration against a film being screened called "the other side o ...more
Dec 2011
Dec 18, 2011
 
The Demon in the Freezer
4.10
it was ok
Hmmm---i have a weird fascination with biological weapons and viruses. I read preston's "hot zone" in high school as well as his "cobra event" and lik ...more
Oct 2011
Oct 19, 2011
 
Arena One: On Anarchist Cinema
3.55
liked it
A new journal looking at anarchism and film, video, theatre, art, criticism, ideas, political theory and practice, ideas, reportage, nonfiction and fi ...more
Jan 2013
Jan 28, 2013
 
Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Cocaine Explosion
4.25
really liked it
Whew. This was one hell of a read. The first half felt like a marathon with Webb trying to name, place, and describe all the players involved with coc ...more
Dec 2014
Jan 03, 2015
 
Getting Somalia Wrong?: Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State
3.87
liked it
A seemingly more honest account of Somalia than the last journalist's book I read. Harper focuses much more on the history and conflicts within Somali ...more
Nov 2012
Nov 10, 2012
 
Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People: The Dynamics of Torture
4.09
it was amazing
A gripping read. I started it 5 days ago. It's a really intense look at 3 case studies of torture from within "developed" countries: Britain, Israel, ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 20, 2011
 
Tipping the Sacred Cow: The Best of LiP: Informed Revolt, 1996-2007
4.06
really liked it
Pretty awesome anthology of articles from the now dormant LiP (maga)zine. Some of the pieces were just ok, but a lot of them were articulate and edgy. ...more
not set
Sep 29, 2008
 
Safe Area Goražde: The War in Eastern Bosnia, 1992-1995
4.28
really liked it
A really graphic (no pun intended) and page turning account of the war in Bosnia. I highly recommend. His illustrations are great and the content/hist ...more
Nov 2012
Nov 26, 2012
 
Justice in Everyday Life: The Way It Really Works
3.74
really liked it
A good book. Zinn and his students compile a cross section of every day injustice in boston--police brutality, judicial misconduct, prisoner abuse, ab ...more
Jul 2015
Jul 27, 2015
 
Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate
3.63
it was amazing
More of Klein's great journalism around globalization.
not set
Dec 18, 2007
 
Clandestine in Chile: Adventures of Miguel Littin
3.80
liked it
This was a quick and interesting read. Chile, overthrown by Pinochet and his military thugs backed by the US on September 11, 1973, has been of intere ...more
not set
Apr 18, 2008
 
Radical Mass Media Criticism: A Cultural Genealogy
4.40
it was amazing
An amazing anthology of critical media thinkers dating back before the Frankfurt school. Very interesting stuff. Almost done!!

10/9/08:

2 chapters left.
...more
not set
Sep 29, 2008
 
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
4.22
it was amazing
After reading a couple of books on hurricanes and the end of the world according to Mary Shelly, i really felt the need to inject some politics into m ...more
Aug 2013
Sep 04, 2013
 
Live From Death Row
4.12
it was amazing
Quick amazing read. Mumia is hard hitting, real, and raw. This volume is comprised of many short chapters (2 - 3 pages)--I believe they are his radio ...more
Nov 2014
Nov 21, 2014
 
Bound by Power: Intended Consequences
4.33
liked it
An interesting, if not at times slow moving, anthology looking at power relations in Canadian, US, and international spheres. The anthology did a nice ...more
May 2014
Jun 05, 2014
 
Journalism
4.21
liked it
another wonderful work by sacco. this one was vignettes of places sacco has gone to cover stories of oppression and war. I noticed that in this one he ...more
Dec 2012
Dec 26, 2012
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